Texas, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] H-E-B and Wind Energy Corporation announced the successful installation of a new vertical axis wind turbine at the H-E-B retail support center in Weslaco, Texas. The turbine, which is installed adjacent to the facility, is now functional, generating electricity, and operating at speeds as low as four miles per hour.
A partnership between the two companies was announced in March 2008 and includes an 18-24 month wind resource research project at the Weslaco site. The turbine was installed on a 100-foot tower and is flanked by two 195-foot tall meteorological towers, which were installed in March 2008 and have been collecting high resolution wind data for the past 6 months.
“H-E-B is thrilled to be a part of this landmark achievement in the development of energy solutions,” said Shelley Parks, director of South Texas public affairs for H-E-B. “At the outset, we have looked at this research and development partnership as a unique opportunity for us to conduct our business in a responsible and sustainable way while contributing to the development of a revolutionary energy solution. Today validates our initial investment, and we look forward to continuing to work with Wind Energy Corporation to understand viable alternative energy solutions.”